We were on the mainland for a few days.
(By the way, does the phrase 'on the mainland' sound weird to those of you who are not from some place off the mainland?)
Anyway, weird or not, that's where we were: first in Glasgow and then in the bonny town of Inverness. Yes, I know Inverness is now officially a city, but it feels like a town, and still looks like a town. I'm hoping it always stays that way.
Most of the following photos were taken from a moving car. Even the Builder, patient as he is, has his limits on how many times he will willingly stop and allow me to wander around clicking with the camera.
Inverness-shire is so bonny.
Many parts look green and fertile, but still have that rugged Scottish-ness which (I think) makes the scenery special.
This photo was taken up the hill from Dores, overlooking Loch Ness.
Looking east over Lochan an Eoin Ruadha, on Essich Road
Coming back into Inverness from Essich Road. Towards the right of the photo, you can see the Kessock Bridge.
When we head home from Inverness, we pass through the Dingwall and Beauly areas, which have lovely, rich, fertile farmland. The softness of the hills and the growth on the farmlands are sights to savour.
But then, as we drove further north and west, towards Ullapool, the terrain takes on a decidedly more raw look.
The hills, the heather and the lochs - all of which look as though they've been untouched since the aftermath of The Flood - all telling me I'm coming closer to home.
Loch Broom, with Ardindrean and other villages sitting peacefully on the other side. The houses nestled into the hillside ought to speak beautiful things to me, but all I ever think of are ... midges!
I think it's because I'm coming close to Ullapool, coming close to the dreaded ferry journey which turns my stomach simply by entering my thoughts that I think negatively, rather than of beautiful things.
I apologize for ending this post with negative thoughts. I ought to have begun with the ferry journey and it would all have been uphill from there. As it is, I've had to bring y'all down with a bump. That three-hour ferry journey .... Bleugh!